Nathan Redmond would welcome competition from England senior stars for European U21 Championships
06:30 23 October 2014
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Nathan Redmond says he would welcome competition from ‘senior’ players as he bids for European glory with England’s Under-21s.
Redmond has been a key player as Gareth Southgate’s side progressed to next summer’s European Under-21 Championships in the Czech Republic.
It’s likely the squad will be supplemented by some of Roy Hodgson’s younger squad players – but while that may put Redmond’s place in danger, the City winger welcomes the competition.
All he has on his mind is being part of an England team which can win some silverware.
“We would be pleased because it’s not as if we are strangers to those, we stay at the same place as them, St George’s Park, we train on opposite pitches, we see them all the time,” said Redmond, who has been capped 18 times at under-21 level and scored five goals, four of which have come in the Euro 2015 qualifiers, including a hat-trick against Wales.
“We’ve had Ross Barkley in the group, we’ve had Luke Shaw in the group, we’ve had Wilfried Zaha, we’ve had Ravel (Morrison), Raheem (Sterling) two seasons ago.
“So we all know each other at the end of the day and we all know how capable we can be if we were lucky enough to have those players come in for the championships so I think it would be a good idea to have a couple of them.
“You never know what’s going to happen with team selections and squad selections but if it helps us to achieve the goal of winning the European Championships, then I’m all for it.
“The championships will be a good experience. I was lucky enough to go to the one in Israel a couple of seasons ago, that was a good experience.
“It wasn’t the tournament that we had planned (losing all three group games) but this time round we’ve got a new batch of players, we finished the qualifying stages very well.”
Hodgson has been criticised by some for revealing that Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling was feeling ‘tired’ ahead of England’s recent Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia.
Sterling, an exciting winger in a similar mould to Redmond, eventually came off the bench to help England win that game 1-0 but that has not prevented discussions about the amount of football young players are asked to play nowadays.
Redmond, who is likely to have his own stamina tested this season and next summer in the Czech Republic, is confident he will be able to combat possible tiredness to continue
playing for the Young Lions.
“No player can go through a season without having a little niggle or little injuries,” Redmond said.
“I missed maybe four weeks of the season, a two-week gap each, myself last year so you can never be 100 per cent fit for every single game.”